Lightroom vs Photoshop vs Something Else - What I Prefer and Why
There's a lot of discussion that goes on between photographers concerning what photo editing software they like to use. There are so many editors out there, and everyone does have their favorite. Whether it's Lightroom, Photoshop, Landscape Pro, PicMonkey, among others...there are plenty to choose from. But photographers like to choose the software that fits their style of editing as well as ease of use. So what do I use and why?
I've tried several photo editors, and for me the best photo editor that suits my purposes is Lightroom. "What?" you ask, "no Photoshop?" Well, I do have Photoshop and I've used it for a few things, but for the vast, vast majority of my editing Lightroom does the trick for me. The biggest thing that Lightroom does for me is the color profile options that are available, whether in-house or any third-party stuff I might add, such as presets. Many of them are really good.
But one of the best things for me is something new that came out in Lightroom 7.3, and that is RAW profiles. Yes, as you begin your workflow, one of the first things you can do is apply a color profile that best fits your RAW file. From there you can move into your regular flow, and some of those were improved as well.
Finally, I love the subscription option for Adobe's Creative Cloud; I have it for several products besides Lightroom and Photoshop, these include Behance and Xd, which I admit I haven't really looked into yet but I do plan to do that fairly soon. Having the subscription allows me to receive all the updates that Adobe provides, and it's actually pretty good for my budget as well.
So if you're looking for a good photo editor to run with, I do suggest Lightroom but Photoshop isn't a bad option either. If you're just getting started you might try Google Picasa even though it's not supported any more. There's plenty of options that are out there; you'll find one that will suit your needs.
Have a great evening, everyone!
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